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1999 Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs Vintage
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - December 2009

(9L15214807389A; disgorged September, 2010):  Bright gold.  Poached pear and gingerbread scents are complemented by notes of buttered toast, honey, jasmine and grain.  Broad and fleshy on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering sappy pear and spice flavors and sneaky licorice and mineral nuances.  Clings impressively on the finish, with the floral and toast qualities repeating.  This Champagne appear fully mature but its energy suggests that there's no rush to drink it.   

93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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